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Frequently Asked Questions

As a parent, while my student is applying to attend TAMUG, am I allowed access to information about the application?

Yes, but we encourage the student to do this. When the student completes and submits the application, they will receive an email notifying them to go to the Howdy portal and activate their NET ID. At this time they will create a password. The student should retain this information for future use. Now the student can go to the Applicant Information System (AIS)  and track the progress of their application.

The Net ID and password will give the student access to the Howdy portal and AIS -  to information about grades, financial aid, schedules, enrollment verification, income tax records (1098 T) and billing information. Through the Howdy portal, the student can give parent's access to view this information also.

May I phone the Admissions Office and ask about my student's records?

Parents should download, sign and return to TAMUG the Certification of Dependency form. Without this form in the student's file, we are not allowed to discuss the student's records with parents.  

Is it mandatory that I attend a student conference?

Yes. Texas A&M University University at Galveston is committed to the orientation and academic transition of each new student. A new student will receive academic advisement, an opportunity to learn and sign up for different university services and register for classes at their New Student Conference. Non-attendance will prohibit you from registering for classes and attending Texas A&M University. All new students are required to attend a New Student Conference in order to complete enrollment at Texas A&M University at Galveston. 

Do I need to have the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination before I come to my New Student Conference?

Yes. All entering students under the age of 22 at public and private institutions of higher education must provide evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining the vaccination. Newly admitted students who have not provided documentation of vaccination have an immunization deficiency hold placed on their account. The hold will be removed once the appropriate immunization documentation has been provided to Texas A&M. The immunization deficiency hold will prevent you from registering for classes, so it is imperative that you fulfill this requirement prior to or immediately upon your arrival at your New Student Conference.

What degrees are offered at TAMUG?

TAMUG is Texas’ most unique university, offering ocean-oriented, graduate and undergraduate courses. TAMUG provides undergraduate academic instruction in marine and maritime-related degree programs in Marine Biology (MARB), Marine Sciences (MARS), Marine Engineering Technology (MARR), Marine Transportation (MART), Marine Fisheries (MARF), Maritime Administration (MARA), Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering (OCSE),  Maritime Studies (MAST), Ocean and Costal Resources (OCRE) and University Studies (USGA) with concentrations in Oceans and One Health, Maritime Public Policy and Communication, Tourism and Coastal Community Development, and Marine Environmental Law and Policy. All students complete the University Core Curriculum requirements set by TAMU to ensure a broad-based education. We encourage you to review our online catalog to help select your major – Texas A&M Galveston Catalog.

What are the Admission requirements?

Freshman students must apply at

  • Topic Essays A and B are required to completed for admission review. Essay C is recommended.
  •  SAT or ACT required for all freshman applicants, including international freshman applicants. Applicants must take the SAT with the writing component or the ACT with the writing component. Scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. SAT code: 6835; ACT code: 6592.
  • Official High School Transcript indicating coursework, credits earned, grades and class rank.
  • Official College Transcript (if applicable)

What are the Transfer requirements?

Transfer students must apply at An official community college and high school transcript, essay topic A, and an application fee of $75 dollars. Texas A&M University at Galveston’s admission criteria require all transfer students to have a 2.5 grade point ratio with a minimum of 12 semester hours of transferable course work.

What is our FAFSA school code?

  • TAMUG’s FAFSA school code is 003632.

Is on-campus housing required?

Students under the age of 21 are required to live on-campus. Cadets in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy under the age of 25 are required to live on-campus unless they are married.  TAMUG’s residential on-campus community consist of more than 1,400 residents from throughout Texas, the United States, and even overseas. The residence halls are a dynamic and diverse community that provide a healthy living and learning community and encourage both scholastic and personal development.

How do we request information from TAMUG?

What is the TMA? Who does it?

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy provides an opportunity for you to learn how to operate and maintain an ocean-going vessel. It consists of three different groups of students: the Merchant Marine Licensing Option (LO) program (cadets seeking licenses to work as Merchant Marine Officers), Naval ROTC College Program (cadets agree to serve in the U.S. Navy after graduation) and the Drill and Ceremony Program (Cadets participate in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy without committing to either one of the programs). To learn how to apply, please visit the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

What are the SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT codes?

Required for all freshman applicants, including international freshman applicants. Applicants must take the SAT with the writing component or the ACT with the writing component. Scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. SAT code: 6835; ACT code: 6592.

Graduate applicants, please arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the Admissions Office.  This also will take time, so please plan on taking the GRE early enough to allow for scores to arrive at the Admissions Office. GRE Codes are 6835 for Texas A&M University at Galveston.

How to contact us?

How can we schedule a visit?

Texas A&M University at Galveston host individual and family tours. We provide general visits on Mondays at 10am. The tour begins in the Main Building (Bldg 3034) with a presentation about admissions, financial aid, academic programs and the Corps of Cadets, followed by a walking tour of the campus. The walking tour will include campus housing, classroom buildings, the Ocean and Coastal Studies building, the Powell Engineering Complex, the Mary Moody Northen Student Center, Jack K. Williams Library, the Physical Education Facility and our small boat basin. We also offer major centric tours on Fridays at 9am. This tour begins in the Main Building (Bldg 3034) with presentations from faculty members and information about admissions, financial aid, and the Corps of Cadets. This is followed by a walking tour of campus and a student panel. Discover TAMUG, schedule your visit today.

Is there Greek life?

Texas A&M University at Galveston does not have Greek life on campus. We have living and learning communities, clubs, intramural sports, student government, and many other activities to immerse you into our campus community,.

What activities are there at TAMUG?

It is easy to get involved at Texas A&M University at Galveston, and there are many good reasons to get involved.  As would be expected, student life at TAMUG is often centered around the ocean.  Many clubs and sports often involve water, but we have 27 active student organizations and 13 professional organizations involved in a wide variety of activities.  The question is just finding the right organization, or organizations, for you!  We follow Aggie traditions such as Yell Practice, Muster, Silver Taps, SALT Camp (Sea Aggies Learning Traditions), and the famous Aggie Ring.  Students may also get involved with the Student Senate, the Nautilus (newspaper), the Voyager (yearbook), or Sea Spray (literary magazine). We have sports clubs, including diving, swimming, volleyball, soccer, baseball, rowing, sailing, and surfing, as well as intramural sports including basketball, volleyball, tennis, inner-tube water polo, soccer, flag football, and racquetball.

What is Galveston Gateway program?

The Galveston Gateway Program helps incoming students become fully prepared for their academic program.  During Galveston Gateway, students take two (2) courses towards their majors and/or University core curriculum during the Summer II Term.  Galveston Gateway students also participate in the Galveston Gateway Living Learning Community (LLC), in which they live together in a Residence Hall, and meet weekly to learn outside of the classroom.